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Sep 17 2018
Crossing Rivers Health

| Office Tours

Industry: Healthcare

Location: Prairie du Chien, WI

NBF Account Executive: Anna Reedy

Furniture Collections Used: Lesro Newport, La-Z-Boy, Allseating


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Sep 12 2018
Office Ergonomics and Their Effect on Employee Productivity

A recent study from Kelton Global found that 54% of American office workers believe that having an uncomfortable workspace would cause them displeasure at work. The same study found that 92% of employees believe that an inadequate workstation has a negative effect on his or her mental well-being and productivity, indicating a need for office furniture that is both comfortable and flexible. Consider these office options when designing your employee workstations.


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Sep 10 2018
Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative

| Office Tours

When it came time for Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative to move to its new corporate headquarters in Van Alstyne, TX, NBF account executive Rusty Jenkins had a tall order to fill. The company wanted a fresh, exciting look and functional furniture to fit a huge range of needs, but it also needed to accomplish it all under a strict budget. Fortunately, this type of project is no trouble for Jenkins. Explore the offices of Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative by downloading the case study PDF here.


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Sep 5 2018
Office Design and Job Satisfaction: How the Physical Workspace Affects the Mental Workspace

Did you know that 92% of American workers say that when their physical workspace is lacking, their mental well-being and productivity can suffer? According to a new research study conducted by Kelton Global, the physical workspace affects the mental workspace a lot more than you may have once thought. The study surveyed adults ages 18 and older who are employed full or part time and measured which elements have the most influence on employee mood, performance and overall job satisfaction. The following physical elements were shown to have the greatest negative effect on employee mental wellbeing at the office.


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Aug 29 2018
What is ANSI/BIFMA? - An Overview

| Industry News, Office Design

What does ANSI/BIFMA stand for, and what does it mean? We’re breaking it all down here to give you a better understanding of what ANSI/BIFMA is and how it can affect you and your office furniture.

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Aug 27 2018
How to Arrange Office Furniture: Our Top Tips

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Design

Arranging furniture is easier than it may seem. Simply keep this checklist in mind before you begin:

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Aug 22 2018
7 Tips for Meeting Room Etiquette

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

Conference rooms are shared spaces that are meant to be used as collaboration hubs between co-workers and as private spaces for employees and employers. As with any shared space, there are certain unwritten rules that employees need to abide by if the space is to be properly maintained and utilized by all.


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Aug 20 2018
How to Clean Laminate Furniture

| Furniture Maintenance, Furniture Materials, How To Instructions

One of the greatest benefits to having laminate office furniture instead of solid wood or veneer is that laminate is a breeze to maintain and clean. Laminate doesn’t scratch or stain easily, but you should still take care to clean your laminate furniture in the right way to ensure that it will last for as long as possible. Here’s how:

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Aug 15 2018
How to Properly Light Your Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, Health and Wellness, Office Design

Poor lighting is often cited as one of the most common interior design mistakes. While poor lighting is sure to be stressful and annoying no matter what room you may be in, it can be especially problematic in a home office or in any business setting; in fact, bad lighting is one of the most popular complaints from office employees around the globe.

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Aug 13 2018
The Complete Guide to Filing Cabinets

| Office Design, Office Storage & Filing

Is your office paperwork getting a little overwhelming? Use our guide to filing cabinets before you decide what to buy to ensure that you get the best possible solution for your space.

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July 24 2018
New Additions to the At Work Collection

| Brand Spotlights

Beautiful, functional and affordable, it isn't hard to see why the NBF Signature Series At Work collection has been one of our best sellers for years. With the success of this sleek and modern group of office furniture, we've been adding more pieces in more colors to our At Work offering for the last few years, and 2018 is no different.


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July 23 2018
How to Convince Your Office Manager It’s Time for a Furniture Upgrade

If you think your office could use a furniture upgrade, chances are good that you're not the only one feeling that way. But how do you convince the people in charge that new furniture will be a good investment? Here are four valid points to bring up in your argument.


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July 18 2018
NBF Signature Series Summer 2018 Collection

| Brand Spotlights

Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and our 2018 summer collection is now available! This year, our furniture experts have focused their efforts on finding furniture that looks bold and feels comfortable. From a glass top desk that provides a modern edge for the office to a big and tall chair that's as attractive as it is comfortable, there's a lot to love.


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July 10 2018
The Complete Guide to Standing Desks

| Office Desks, Standing Desks

So you’ve heard that sitting all day, every day is detrimental to your health, and you’d like to do something about that. Great! Deciding to get a standing desk for your office is easy, but choosing the right standing desk for your space and for your work style is another matter entirely. To help you make the right choice, we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to standing desks which includes everything you should consider before taking the plunge.

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July 9 2018
Go Gray in 2018

| Brand Spotlights

What's the most popular color this year? Gray office furniture is a rising trend, and the versatility of this neutral is one of its best features. No matter if you want to go flashy and modern or keep it traditional, gray laminate or veneer furniture fits the bill in most interior designs. Take our tips for bringing this high-style color into your office no matter what style you lean toward!


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June 26 2018
How to Buy More and Save More on Your Office Furniture

| 30 Second Office Tips

Whether you're starting up a new business or giving your office a much-needed facelift, purchasing a large quantity of office furniture is no easy feat. Fortunately, buying in bulk is the best way to save as much money as possible at NBF.com. Keep reading to learn how to buy more and save more.


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June 19 2018
Classroom Arrangement Tips

| Education

It’s a fact—there is no one size fits all solution to classroom seating. Class size, student behavior and the content of a teacher’s lesson plans greatly affect the way a classroom should be set up. Of course, it’s usually up to the teacher to decide how to arrange his or her classroom, and that typically involves some degree of trial and error. To help you decide what configuration is best for your students, check out the benefits and drawbacks of these popular classroom setups.


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June 19 2018
Neocon Trends 2018

| Office Design

Every year NBF employees scout out the latest trends in office furniture design at NeoCon, the commercial design industry's most important event of the year. This year was no different! From tattoo-inspired designs to smart storage options, these are the biggest trends we took away from this year's show.

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June 13 2018
Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars

| Office Tours


June 8 2018
Exam Room Checklist

| Healthcare

Setting up exam rooms in a new healthcare facility can be a daunting task to say the least. Download our free exam room checklist to make planning easier, and read our tips below to learn more about what type of furniture and accessories are right for your facility.


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June 5 2018
Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants

| Office Tours

Industry: Healthcare

Location: La Quinta, CA

NBF Sales Executive: Ian Kershisnik

Furniture Collections Used: NBF Signature Series Symphony, Bestar Connexion, Office Star seating


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June 4 2018
Help Us Choose the Winners of Our Ultimate Office Makeover!

Cast your vote below to select the winners of our 2018 Ultimate Office Makeover!


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June 4 2018
Collection Spotlight: Corben Cubicles

| Collection Spotlights

Outfitting your office with cubicles is a daunting task for most businesses. Rarely available in pre-configured sets, panel systems often need to be custom fit to the space itself, requiring endless measurements, dozens of considerations that are easy to miss and tiny details that can make or break the end result. Normally, we recommend working with an NBF account executive to assist in making the correct cubicle purchase for your office. But now there's the NBF Signature Series Corben Cubicle System.


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June 1 2018
PJ Albert Inc

| Office Tours

Industry: Construction

Location: Fitchburg, MA

Furniture Collection Used: NBF Signature Series Urban Collection


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May 29 2018
Baytown Area Water Authority

| Office Tours

Industry: Government

Location: Baytown, TX

NBF Sales Executive: Brian Hunter

Furniture Collections Used: HON Foundation Series, Mayline Sterling, Santa Cruz & Valore, Global Swap, NBF Signature Series At Work, Nex & Quik Flip


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May 22 2018
What is the Difference Between CAL 117 and CAL 133 Fire Ratings?

If you've been shopping for commercial office furniture, especially in the state of California, chances are high that you've seen fire protection ratings in the descriptions of the products. But what do they mean? The difference between CAL 117 and CAL 133 fire ratings is huge, so read carefully before determining which is the right choice for your business.


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May 21 2018
How to Clean Your Cubicle

| Office Desks

The cubicle—it's your home away from home. But do you clean it like you do your home? If you don't, you're not alone. After all, who can be expected to make the time to clean their workspace when office hours are spent working? Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to keep your cubicle clean all year long without needing to set aside much time to do it.


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May 15 2018
How to Incorporate Collaborative Touchdown Areas in Your School

An effective education environment combines a healthy dose of the physical space with the social aspect of the learning process. It's not enough to stick students at a desk for hours on end. Rather, creating classrooms and common areas that have flow and flexibility will provide opportunities for students and teachers to work in new ways. Try out these easy methods for incorporating a collaborative touchdown area or two in your school.


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May 14 2018
Office Eating: Productivity Through Nutrition

| Office Life

What we put in our bodies has a huge effect on how we function in our day-to-day lives, work life included. While some eat well to stay fit or at their target weight, it's not the only benefit a healthy diet can produce. Eating well at work provides more energy, enabling employees to be more productive during the hours spent in meetings or at their desks. So what types of food should you be eating at work to keep your brain sharp and your energy up? Here's what we recommend.


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May 8 2018
How to Set Up a Pediatric Healthcare Facility

| Healthcare

Setting up a pediatric facility is similar to setting up healthcare facility for adults, but there are several major differences that need to be considered in the process. Keep these tips in mind while you’re shopping for furniture and accessories for your pediatric exam rooms and waiting areas. Patients and parents will be happy you did!


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May 1 2018
5 Perks Employees Appreciate

| Office Life

Looking for effective ways to boost employee morale and work satisfaction within your business? From starting new company initiatives to offering simple enrichment options, these are a few of the things we've implemented at the NBF office to help keep our employees healthy and happy.


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Apr 30 2018
Sizmek Office Redesign

| Office Tours

Industry: Creative Digital Media

Location: Austin, TX

NBF Account Executive: Rusty Jenkins

Furniture Collections Used: Trendway Trig, Choices & Live; National Office Furniture Cinch, Epic, Grin & Whimsy


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Apr 24 2018
5 Ways to Find Passion for Your Work

| Office Life

Are you working your dream job? The truth is this: it doesn't matter. Whether you landed the career you've always wanted or are stuck somewhere that may not be particularly inspiring, you can find passion in what you do for a living just the same. Here's how:


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Apr 23 2018
Why We Work at Nature's Classroom Montessori

| Why We Work

“The reason that it feels so good to come into work every single day is because you have the perfect environment to be the best version of yourself that you can be. You go to work and you are so happy to be there.” – Adriana Haslam, Lower Elementary Directress, Nature's Classroom Montessori.


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Apr 17 2018
New Feature: Filter by Cleaner

| Healthcare

Purchasing new furniture for a healthcare facility comes with many more considerations than furnishing a standard business office. Not only does medical furniture need to look great and feel comfortable, but it must also be able to stand up to the rigorous cleaning regimens that healthcare institutes are required to abide by daily. That's why NBF is proud to offer a new website function that's designed to make the buying process easier for healthcare furniture buyers at the start of their search. Introducing: shop by cleaner.


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Apr 16 2018
How to Buy Cubicles & Panel Systems

| Office Design

Cubicles are hard to buy. A desk is a desk and a chair is a chair, but panel systems come in a huge range of sizes, styles and configurations. How are you supposed to know how many panels you need to make a 6x6 cube? Why should you have to consider every possible accessory and wire management option available? That's exactly what NBF account executives and design services are for, so don't sweat it—we've got you covered.


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Apr 10 2018
What is a Student Makerspace?

| Education

In short, a student makerspace is a classroom in which students with shared interests, particularly in technology, can gather to collaborate on school projects while sharing equipment and ideas. If you're in search of tips and tricks for creating a makerspace in your school, look no further. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you build it out.


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Apr 9 2018
Reliable Water Services

| Office Tours

Industry: Water Equipment Services

Location: Milwaukee, WI

NBF Sales Executive: Anna Reedy

Furniture Collections Used: NBF Signature Series Lancaster, Emery Park Highland, Lesro Contemporary, NBF Signature Series Solutions, Chairs from Eurotech Seating


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Apr 3 2018
Brand Spotlight: Wendover Art Group

| Brand Spotlights, Office Decor & Accessories

At NBF, we know that the artwork and décor in your office is almost as important as the furniture you sit at every day. After all, the art you love is a direct reflection of your personality and life experiences. That’s why we’re proud to introduce our newest supplier of custom artwork, Wendover Art Group.


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Apr 2 2018
Make Way for Millennials: Office Design and its Effect on the Newest Generation of Employees

Ready or not, millennial office employees are here to stay. Gone are the days of satisfying workers with compensation alone. The youngest generation of coworkers set their sights much higher, expecting not only decent pay, but benefits that will improve their overall quality of life both inside and outside of work. Among these—a beautiful office to call home. Here are a few design trends to consider adding to your office to keep millennials interested in your business and working at their full potential.


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Mar 27 2018
Cranberry Psychological Center, Inc.

| Office Tours

Industry: Healthcare

Location: McMurray, PA

NBF Account Executive: Deb McDermott

Furniture Collections Used: Lesro Newport


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Mar 26 2018
5 Things to Consider When Outfitting Your Office with Cubicles

Looking for office cubicles? Whether you're in need of only a few workstations or you need to furnish an entire building, calculating what type of panel systems will fit into the area can be tricky to say the least. Fortunately, National Business Furniture offers complimentary space planning services to make your work easy. Before calling your NBF account executive, gather the following information.


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Mar 20 2018
New vs. Used Cubicles: Which Should I Choose?

| Office Design

Adding cubicles to your office can be quite the chore. One of the common questions business owners ask themselves when it comes time to purchase new workstations is whether to buy new cubicles or go with used panel systems that may be a bit cheaper. Here's why we recommend buying new cubicles for your office.


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Mar 19 2018
5 Steps to Starting an Employee Volunteer Program

| Office Life

Whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, giving back to the local community is essential for building a positive reputation and a name for yourself at the local level. If your 2018 business goals include starting an employee volunteer program at the office, these five simple steps will help get you there.


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Mar 13 2018
Office Tour: Schroeder Industries

| Office Tours

Industry: Private Business

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

NBF Account Executive: Deb McDermott

Furniture Collections Used: DMI Pimlico & Symphony Seating


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Mar 12 2018
Office Design and Its Effect on the Face of Your Business

Having trouble attracting new talent to your business? Looking for ways to improve how candidates, employees and guests perceive your company? Whether you're starting up a new business or want to improve an already established company, the physical appearance of your office may have a greater effect on the face of your business than you once thought.


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Mar 6 2018
Brand Spotlight: InPro

| Brand Spotlights

When it comes to the design of your healthcare facility, every detail matters. For easy-to-install, easy-to-clean and long-lasting privacy curtains, wall guards, safety rails and signage for your healthcare environment, InPro is the expert you can trust.


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Mar 5 2018
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Touchdown

| Collection Spotlights

While formal conference rooms are still a crucial part of modern office design, one of the fastest growing trends in business furniture is the addition of quick and casual "touchdown" meeting spaces in otherwise open concept areas of the office. To accommodate this growing need for comfortable and casual meeting seating, we've added a brand new collection to our best-selling NBF Signature Series line and given it just the right name—Touchdown.


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Feb 27 2018
Office Tour: Argus Community, Inc.

| Office Tours

Industry: Government

Location: Bronx, NY

NBF Sales Executive: Joel Bernstein


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